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Torcello Island, Venice
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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • It is hard to believe that this almost uninhabited island, was that at one point had more inhabitants (nearly 20,000). Very interesting medieval church and Byzantine frescoes.
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  • An almost uninhabited island in the Venetian Lagoon, has a few restaurants and some historic buildings such as churches. It is a very quiet, but as you can skip.
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  • Quite a nice island with a marvellous Byzantine Basilica which dates to 1008AD. The mosaic in the Basilica- 'The Dooms Day' takes over a whole wall. Truelly amazing. Inside the Basilica is a time warp...  more »